Charter commission to meet, discuss likely open meetings violation

The Public Charter School Commission will meet Thursday to discuss next steps, in the wake of a likely open meeting violation.

The commission appeared to violate Idaho’s open meetings law during a closed-door session on April 11, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden’s office said in a report last week. Wasden’s office suggested several corrective steps: a public admission of the violation, setting aside any decisions or actions that could stem from the meeting and an open meetings training session.

Commission chairman Alan Reed has conceded that “mistakes were made” during the wide-ranging and controversial executive session.

Details from the meeting only became public when the commission released an audio recording, as part of a separate records request.

Thursday’s commission meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in room EW 41 on the Statehouse’s garden level, and it will include open meetings training.

Before considering the attorney general’s report, the commission will take public comments, in person and over the telephone. Testimony will be limited to three minutes. To testify by phone, call 1-720-279-0026, and use participant code 292948.

To listen in on the meeting without testifying, call the same phone number, but use the listen-only code, 2759486.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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